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Kyuji Fujikawa nearing end of rehab stint
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Cubs pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa will make at least one more rehab appearance with Triple-A Iowa as he nears the end of his rehab assignment, MLB.com reports.

"He's getting there, and the end of his rehab stint is coming," general manager Jed Hoyer said Tuesday. "I think he can see the light at the end of the tunnel."

Fujikawa has been sidelined for more than a year after undergoing Tommy John surgery in June 2013.

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Ubaldo Jimenez tosses scoreless rehab outing
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Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez didn't allow an earned run in 4 2/3 innings during his rehab debut with low Class A Aberdeen Tuesday.

Jimenez surrendered five hits and three walks while striking out three and throwing a wild pitch, but the only run he surrendered was unearned. He figures to move up to Triple-A for his next rehab start. Jimenez has been sidelined since July 5 with an ankle injury.

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Report: Joe Saunders opts out of deal
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Royals pitcher Joe Saunders has opted out of his deal with the team to become a free agent, MLBDailyDish.com reports.

Saunders made four starts with Triple-A Omaha after signing with the Royals, posting a 6.75 ERA and 6:5 K:BB ratio in 18 2/3 innings. He has also spent time with the Rangers this season, going 0-5 with a 6.13 ERA in eight starts at the major-league level.

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Starling Marte not returning from disabled list Wednesday
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Pirates outfielder Starling Marte will not return from the disabled list Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

On the disabled list with concussion symptoms, Marte could be in for a rehab assignment before returning to the team. He has hit .255/.328/.385 with five home runs, 34 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 314 at-bats.

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Eugenio Suarez exits game with lower back tightness
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Tigers shortstop Eugenio Suarez was removed from Tuesday's game due to lower back tightness, the team announced.

Suarez singled in his only trip to the plate Tuesday and also committed a throwing error. He is day-to-day moving forward. Suarez has hit .260/.347/.394 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 127 at-bats.

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Avisail Garcia takes batting practice Tuesday
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White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia took part in a live batting practice session Tuesday, ESPNChicago.com reports.

Garcia doesn't have a date set for a rehab assignment and it's still possible the team holds him out from returning to the White Sox for the remainder of the year despite the strides he has made. "I don't think we're going to be pressing that he has to make it here, but if he's totally healthy and he's ready to go I know I would be happy to see him," manager Robin Ventura said. "He can make it here whenever he makes it here. If he can get some time in the minor leagues at some point, just to be able to get there and play, then you figure that out afterward. You expect him to get some time in the minor leagues."

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Cardinals release George Kottaras
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The Cardinals released catcher George Kottaras Tuesday. Kottaras was designated for assignment last weekend after the team signed A.J. Pierzynski.

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MRI comes back clean for Kohl Stewart
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An MRI on the shoulder of Twins pitching prospect Kohl Stewart came back clean, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Stewart is expected to resume playing catch soon, beginning to build arm strength in anticipation of starting again this season. He owns a 2.42 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 58:23 K:BB ratio with Class A Cedar Rapids.

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Brandon Workman is Plan B for Jon Lester's Wednesday start
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The Red Sox have a plan in place to use Brandon Workman as Wednesday's starter if Jon Lester is scratched due to ongoing trade talks, MLB.com reports.

"Although there's a lot of rumor and talk with his name attached to it, right now he's scheduled to start tomorrow night," manager John Farrell said Tuesday. "We have a contingency plan, sure. If Jon is traded by this time tomorrow [4 p.m.], Brandon Workman will start."

Lester has been a hot name in trade rumors this month, with the Red Sox out of the playoff race and the pitcher due to become a free agent this offseason.

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Rays 'talking and willing' to trade David Price
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The Rays are "talking and willing" to trade pitcher David Price despite the team's recent improvement in the standings, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports.

If the Rays do indeed have the courage to deal away their ace, they should receive a massive haul. According to USA Today, the team could receive a package from the Cardinals that includes outfield prospect Oscar Taveras, pitcher Shelby Miller and a first-round pick, though the proposed deal is merely speculation at this stage. It seems more likely that the Rays hang on to their ace at this time and look to deal him during the offseason.

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